Things might be looking up for Aaron Hernandez.

Disgraced former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been behind bars since June 2013 when he was arrested in the shooting death of his friend Odin Lloyd.  Since then, information confirmed that Hernandez shot and wounded an associate months before his arrest, and was linked to a double homicide back in 2012.  This was very damning evidence that all but guaranteed a conviction.  However, Hernandez seemed to have hit a bit of luck, as Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh agreed with defense attorneys to bar certain evidence from being used in the upcoming trial.

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The most important piece of evidence that will be excluded was the text message that the victim sent to his sister prior to his death, indicating that he might be with the NFL star that night.

Boston Herald:

In the last half-hour of his life, murder victim Odin L. Lloyd sent texts to his sister stating “Did you see who I’m with?” then “NFL” and finally “Just so you know,” according to prosecutors.

Along with that, other items that are now off limits include:

-The evidence related to the 2012 double murder in which Hernandez was implicated as the trigger man.  He will still face trial for that at the conclusion of the Odin Lloyd murder trial.

-Shooting associate Alexander Bradley in the eye.  Prosecutors claimed that Hernandez thought Bradley was a federal informant.

– Also, the 2009 photo unearthed by TMZ of Hernandez brandishing a gun for a selfie photo.

No word why all of this evidence was deemed inadmissible for the trial.  Jury selection for the trial begins on January 9, 2015.